Krichell and Slapnicka, Charlie Barrett, Wish Egan and Uncle Joe Cambria would grace anyone's list of great scouts, as would Tom Greenwade and Bobby Mattick.
Greenwade could qualify just for recommending Jackie Robinson to Rickey. But Greenwade also discovered Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Bill Virdon. He is probably best known for his work with the Yankees, for whom he signed Elston Howard, Hank Bauer and Mickey Mantle. "The first time I saw Mantle, I knew how Paul Krichell felt when he first saw Lou Gehrig," Greenwade said. "He knew that, as a scout, he'd never have another moment like it."
Mattick, who recently resigned as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays but remains as a member of the team's front office, was regarded as the best scout around when he covered the West Coast in the years before the free-agent draft. Among his finds were Frank Robinson, Curt Flood, Bobby Grich, Don Baylor, Darrell Porter and Gary Carter.
"Why the Hall won't elect scouts has bothered me ever since I've been on the committee," Tebbetts says. "The members discuss the election of ground-keepers and guys who manipulate the scoreboard. I don't see how, if any non-player can get in, the scouts can be left out."